- Michael Wallace, ESPN Staff Writer
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Now that the Miami Heat know they’ll be retaining their first-round draft pick next month, the focus shifts to what exactly they’ll do with that selection.
The Heat accomplished their first goal in Tuesday’s draft lottery process by remaining in the No. 10 spot in the lottery order. Had Miami slipped outside of the top 10, their pick would have gone to Philadelphia – via Cleveland – to complete the 2010 sign-and-trade deal that landed LeBron James in Miami.
Now, the Heat can take the next step in their post-LeBron roster rebuild. In his latest mock draft posted after Tuesday’s lottery order was set, ESPN insider Chad Ford has the Heat taking Arizona swingman Stanley Johnson with the No. 10 overall pick. Johnson’s combination of size and versatility would add some much-needed youth and depth on the wing for the Heat, who relied on a combination of D-League call-ups to fill in behind veterans Dwyane Wade and Luol Deng on the wings this season.
"Johnson makes a lot of sense here for the Heat; he’s one of the most NBA-ready prospects in the draft, with the size and strength to play right away,” Ford surmises of Johnson, who averaged 13.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and shot 37 percent from 3-point range.
The Heat would love if Duke’s Justise Winslow somehow slipped down a few slots, but that’s not likely. A contingency plan could include landing Wisconsin's Sam Dekker, Kansas' Kelly Oubre or Croatia's Mario Hezonja, a sharpshooting prospect Heat president Pat Riley watched in person oversees recently.